Advanced riding in action and great days out!
SaPAR has a social rideout on the first Sunday of the month with the exception of January and February. Unless otherwise stated, rideouts will usually depart from Montford Bridge picnic area on the A5 in Shrewsbury.
March rideout – CANCELLED due to storm Freya
The next official rideout will now be held on Sunday 7th April
Ride Leader Ken Swinton
The planned route is:Depart Montford Bridge picnic area at 09:30, head north west with a comfort/coffee break at Bala. Lunch will be at Tanygrisiau then returning via Rhug for afternoon coffee before ending back in Shrewsbury.
Remember to bring a £1 coin for the Guess The Mileage competition
Please note that the proceeds of the ‘Guess The Mileage’ competition are shared equally between the ride leader and the competition winner.
If you intend to eat at the cafe before the ride please allow enough time to be ready for the ride briefing (15 minutes before departure time)
We Look Forward to seeing you
Members and non-members are welcome to come along and join us. These rideouts are a great way for members to get to know each other. Non-members can use these days out to see the advanced system of biking at first hand, to learn about the group and hopefully decide to join us as a member. A typical run will cover from 130 to 170 miles. We employ the “Second Man Drop Off” system to mark the route and keep the group together. Also, the use of a “Back-Marker” who never overtakes anyone ensures that there is no pressure on anyone to ride outside their personal comfort zone.
Occasionally we also have longer runs, in addition to the regular monthly trips, and these always include regular stops to prevent fatigue.
Important Information - Please Read
Please note that some rides can be long, especially during the summer months and will almost certainly include some ‘interesting’ roads.
Riders are reminded that they must ride within their capabilities at all times. There are opportunities to leave the ride at any time so long as Tail End Charlie is notified.
Marking: To ensure that the ride makes progress in a safe and positive manner it is important that markers are confident and ensure that the route direction is maintained and that their personal safety is ensured. The ride leader expects that the rider following him/her will mark the junction correctly and safely and will point to the location that requires marking. The marker will indicate with arm gestures the direction that he wants following riders to take and watch for Tail-end Charlie and rejoin the group ahead of him. To achieve this the rider following the leader should be close enough to the ride leader to observe any signal given by him/her and take the appropriate action.
That said, if any new members or guests find themselves riding behind the leader and are not confident to mark the junction then they should slow down and let a more experienced rider pass in order that they may mark the junction. Failure to do this could result in the junction being left unmarked and following riders not taking the correct route.
Lunch and Comfort Stops: It is usual when stopping for a lunch or coffee break to scurry off, usually to the toilets. Before doing so please check with the ride leader what time you should be ready to depart. This will depend on the time that tail end Charlie arrives which could be significantly later than the ride leader. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are back in the car/bike park in time for departure. The ride leader WILL NOT go searching for you.
Don’t be shy:
If you are a new member or have come along to see the rideout in action please introduce yourself to a SaPAR member with a Hi-Viz jacket (with the SaPAR logo on it). They will make you welcome and introduce you to other members of the group.
Most importantly, enjoy the day.
There are rules regarding the rideout and by taking part you agree to adhere to these rules:
- You are responsible for your own riding
- You must be in control of you motorcycle at all times
- Motorcycles MUST be taxed and where necessary MOT’d
- You must have a driving licence and insurance for the machine that you ride
- We ride to the slowest riders abilities
- This is a social event, neither SaPAR, it’s officers or RoSPA can be held responsible for any injury or damage however caused. It is your responsibility to ride responsibly and within the law
- Always be punctual with sufficient fuel for the ride